In October 2020, 8 women graduated from our Self-Esteem Program. This past year, this very well received program had a bit of a refresh due in part by the responses and input of participants, facilitators and focus groups. The “refresh” was supported by the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada. The “bones” of the program remain the same, and the integrity of the program was not compromised. Out of date activities were deleted and the theory was reviewed through a trauma informed lens with the support of the Steering Committee which included experts from the government, private sector and community.  The Women of WEN also guided the transformation. We were fortunate enough to find space at the Social Enterprise Hub that would accommodate an in-person program while  adhering to Covid-19 guidelines, and ran the refreshed Self-Esteem program with much success.

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